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Proposed resident permit charge changes - you spoke, we listened

The council is committed to improving air quality and tackling climate change in Kingston and has listened to your views. 

In response to the motion asking the council to reconsider its proposals to increase charges for resident permits in controlled parking zones (CPZs) presented at the Full Council meeting (24 April), a decision was made to withdraw these plans.

In addition to those that signed the motion, over 1,000 residents wrote to us to share their views and we are also aware of concerns raised by other groups and organisations in the borough.

The changes to permit charges was just one of our proposed initiatives to tackle air quality in the borough. As part of our Air Quality Action Plan we are also taking a number of actions to drive behaviour change and protect the health of our residents by encouraging people to use more sustainable forms of transport. 

We are increasing the number of electric vehicle charging points across the borough, installing new safe cycle routes and working with schools on travel plans to increase sustainble forms of travel to and from school. We are also looking at how we can introduce emission-based differential parking charges in pay and display parking spaces and council-owned car parks.

The council has committed to setting up an independent Citizens’ Assembly made up of different people from the community, who will make recommendations on how we could work together to improve air quality. If you would like to be involved please register your interest at www.kingstonletstalk.co.uk/air-quality